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Lamia's Bane (Kormak Short Story 3)
Lamia's Bane (Kormak Short Story 3)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars In Town To Take Care Of Business, With a Big Iron Sword Strapped To His Back, 21 Jan. 2015
A driven, ruthless killer stalks an ancient evil in a cursed city. A naive young poet is drawn into his violent world by fate, and forced to take up a blade against sorcery.

There's more packed into these 10,000 words than most fantasy trilogies, and not a word wasted. As a long time Kormak fan it was great to see another light thrown on to his frequent adversaries, the Old Ones, and the young poet here has a very interesting viewpoint on Kormak, starting from prejudice and dread, and ending in realising that this is someone he cannot judge.

I particularly enjoyed the ending of this story - unexpectedly touching, and for a change Kormak is left with a new light on his ancient foes.


Ocean of Fear (Kormak Book Six) (The Kormak Saga 6)
Ocean of Fear (Kormak Book Six) (The Kormak Saga 6)
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avast, Spawn of Evil!, 8 May 2014
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There's something about putting a Hero on a ship which brings out the best in him. Kormak finds his sea legs, pursues a pirate, shivers many timbers and meets a strangely familiar evil beneath the waves (strangely familiar to those of us who've read his Terrach Chronicles, anyway).

Sorceres, pirates, holy men, swashbuckling, mer-women.. What are you waiting for?


The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 11)
The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 11)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untarnished, 11 Mar. 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and if it's Bernie's last bow I couldn't imagine a finer one. Daring burglaries, fast women and faster friends, Bernie makes a fine case for being exactly who he is, doing exactly what he loves - pilfering and philandering his way from Central Park penthouse to Village dive, getting the girl and nailing the bad guy.

Thank you, Mr Block, for a joyous caper which wears its light heart on its sleeve.


Taker of Skulls (Kormak Book Five) (The Kormak Saga 5)
Taker of Skulls (Kormak Book Five) (The Kormak Saga 5)
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars They delved too deeply, and woke an ancient evil..., 11 Mar. 2014
Kormak's adventures have taken him the woods of the Elves, the haunted tombs of necromancers, and a warring human city where Chaos pulled the strings.

Now he's going underground - deep, deep underground.

Taker of Skulls gives us Bill King's take on Dwarf-kind, a darker take even than the Mines of Moria or Warhammer's Troll Slayers. His dwarves are a dying remnant of a once-proud people, locked in a death struggle with their ancient, orcish enemies and their immortal leader, the Taker of Skulls.

I do have a weakness for this sort of hidden war taking place away from the light, and it does seem to suit Bill's dark fantasy. Kormak is taken out of the light he serves, and put into the shadows where his own strength is limited and his only help comes from an old, dangerous magic.

I loved this, and inhaled it in a single draught - can't wait for more.


City of Strife (Kormak Book Four) (The Kormak Saga 4)
City of Strife (Kormak Book Four) (The Kormak Saga 4)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Blood, 25 July 2013
City of Blood might be a better title for this, or Red Harvest, if it hadn't already been taken.

The previous Kormal books showed him out on the edges of Empire, where bad things happen far away from the secure and seemingly civilised city-states he's protecting.

This novel brings him back to one of those cities, and, unsurprisingly, it proves to be as dangerous as any tunnel or wood in the back of beyond.

The dangers are a little bit less obvious, though, and Kormak has to use his wits as often as his sword to survive. He's trapped between two warring families, and although he couldn't care less about either, he knows that the disapearance of his Order's agents is tied in with their conflict. As he investigates he finds there's an ancient evil at the root of it all.

I enjoyed seeing Kormak in an urban setting, and I particularly enjoyed the villains of the piece, all of whom have their own agenda.

The book is fast paced, violent and cleverly worked out to the last page. Go buy it.


Defiler of Tombs (Kormak Book Two) (The Kormak Saga 2)
Defiler of Tombs (Kormak Book Two) (The Kormak Saga 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading, 6 Jan. 2013
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With this book Kormak graduates from the series of linked stories that made up the first book to a single narrative which starts with a nervy descent into a tomb to rescue bewitched children and works its way up to a near apocalyptic climax. I like Kormak- he's a flawed, driven character, wondering if he's as good as he used to be (on a variety of levels) but still doing what he can to make the world a better place. All of the other characters (good and evil) are equally well drawn, all acting for a reason, and not just to drive along the plot. I enjoyed the world-building here, hints and quick word pictures drawing whole countries, armies and centuries old conflicts, which I hope to see more of in future Kormak books.


Marvel's Avengers Assemble [DVD]
Marvel's Avengers Assemble [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Downey Jr.
Price: £6.99

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy from Amazon.Com, 17 Oct. 2012
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It's really that simple. The package on the DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK are missing the director's commentary and various other little goodies. I ordered the 4 disk set from Amazon.Com, which took 3 weeks to arrive but cost me only £13 (plus a ludicrous customs charge of £11 from the Post Office). For that I got the DVD, the Blu-Ray, the 3-D Blu-Ray and a digital copy. And a free download of an audio album.

And the commentary is excellent.
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The Absolute Authority
The Absolute Authority
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Spanish Version, 8 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Absolute Authority (Hardcover)
Small word of warning - as it says in the text, this is the Spanish version of the Authority. Might be worth buying for the stunning artwork alone, but you miss out on Ellis' snark.


The Burglar Who Dropped In On Elvis (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 12)
The Burglar Who Dropped In On Elvis (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 12)
Price: £1.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bernie and the King, 30 Jun. 2012
A lovely short story, where Bernie, as usual, uses his head to come out ahead, even when he's a long way from New York. I know it says on the intro above that this is a stand-alone short story, but it's probably worth mentioning in this review that it IS a short story, not a novel.


Henchmen (Novelette)
Henchmen (Novelette)
Price: £1.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Also Serve..., 7 Mar. 2012
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Some heroes do it for the chicks, some for the gold, and some because their sorcerous Master will reduce them to their component atoms and shrivel what's left of their souls if they don't do what they're told, and sharpish.
There's dark humour here, along with the general darkness. If you enjoy protagonists (I almost called them heroes) who value their hides more than a pat on the back from the grateful public, you should enjoy this one.


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